Kitchen remodeling

We recently started a kitchen remodel for a client on the east side of Northfield. The work is not as extensive as in many projects we undertake and does not involve any addition or expansion of the home. Because of that we have been able to move along fairly quickly.

 

Demolition always is the first task, a...

Interior trim work

The interior trim work is moving along well on the rural Northfield home that we are constructing. This is a decent size home, with about 3,500 finished square feet so the drywall and painting work has taken a bit of time to complete. The first couple of coats of finish paint are in place now, so we have moved on to installing th...

Stone Fireplace

The owner of the home we are building in rural Northfield has done the stone work around the fireplace himself. He first set a number of stones that he collected from around the United States. He then infilled around the stones with cultured stones. It creates a very nice fireplace. For the mantle he used a section of oak log that...

Stucco work

With the warmer weather of the past few day the stucco contractor has been working preparing our rural house project for stucco. This process starts by installing a layer of ‘Jumbo-Tex’ water resistant fabric on the walls. Over this they apply an expanded galvanized metal mesh, called lath. The cement stucco will be applied t...

Straw Bale House

I have a niece that lives in New Mexico. She is involved in selling environmentally friendly building products. She sent me some photos of a ‘straw bale’ house that is involved with. It is pretty interesting. I’m assuming the exterior of the straw bales will be covered with some type of cement plaster finish.

I not...

House Demolition

Yesterday had some big excitement for some of the neighbors of Northfield’s east side. Some months ago a house at 513 Nevada burned. Due to police investigations and other things the house could not be demolished. Investigations were completed a couple weeks ago giving the OK for demolition. The owner sold the site ‘as is’ ...

Lake Cottage

Yesterday I made a quick trip up to our lake cottage project in northern Pine County to bring some needed materials to the workers. The weather was lovely to be in that part of the state and I found myself wishing I could stay and try some of the early fall fishing.

Our carpenters have just about finished all the siding o...

New Home on Northfield’s East Side

We started excavation work on a new home on the east side of Northfield yesterday. We postponed our start for a day due to the rain, but Thursday was a bright, sunny day good for outside work. This is the site where we demolished a home that burned last summer.

 

The excavation work is moving ahead well. Wit...

East side foundation

We are underway with a new home on Northfield’s east side. This is the site where a home that burned was demolished. We pushed back the start of construction a couple days due to the wet weather, but are getting started now.

Our first task is to install the concrete footings for the foundation. The excavation was a bit ...

East side foundation

Yesterday was a lovely day to be working outside! We placed concrete for the basement walls of the house we are building on Northfield’s east side. Like most of our residential projects, this home utilizes Reward insulated concrete forms for the basement walls. I like the Reward forms as they create a very tight, energy efficie...